iPhone X? More Like iPhone X-tra

Hagan Wells, Executive Media Editor

Over the years, Apple has solidified their position as a technology juggernaut. Year after year, they add something to their products that put them a step ahead and entice customers. Yet, this year, they’re making one of their worst moves ever by releasing the iPhone X.

At their annual September Keynote event, Apple announced the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Both of these phones are really good with minor, yet impactful upgrades. But Apple had to add their “one more thing” and announced the iPhone X.

From an innovation standpoint, the iPhone X is interesting, but in every other aspect, it’s ridiculous.

First of all, that all-screen display looks all-bad. The idea of having the front of your phone be completely screen is cool, but Apple went about executing it completely the wrong way. The notch at the top of the phone for the new camera and Face ID is distracting and ugly. Imagine watching Netflix or playing a game, but there’s a frustrating bar in the way. That doesn’t sound like “all-screen” to me.

Plus, the removal of the home button was another poorly thought-out idea. Sure, companies like Samsung are doing the same thing, but that didn’t mean that Apple had to do it too. Taking away the home button also takes away a lot of conveniences like using your fingerprint to unlock your phone. It adds confusing new gestures to do functions you’ve done simply for years, and pushes users towards the underdeveloped Face ID.

Speaking of Face ID, it is totally unnecessary. As a result of not having a home button, you have to use the fancy and new front camera to unlock your phone. But Apple couldn’t even get it to work during their live presentation. Plus, having to look at your phone to unlock it takes away the ease of just pressing the home button.

So, does this phone really sound worth it to you? Do these inconveniences sound like something you should drop $999-$1,149 on? Even the most expensive iPhone 8 Plus is $50 cheaper and much more worth the money. Ultimately, if you get this phone, it’s your decision. But it’s the wrong one.

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